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Reno Office
Telephone: (775) 329-5600
Facsimile: (775) 348-8300

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Arbitration / Mediation
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Business and Corporate
  • Commercial Landlord / Tenant
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Condemnation / Eminent Domain
  • Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources / Agriculture
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Law & Litigation

KIRK C. JOHNSON is a partner admitted to the state bars of Nevada, Arizona and Colorado as well as the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Johnson received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Arizona State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration, with distinction, from Iowa State University.

Mr. Johnson began his legal career in Nevada in 1991, maintaining a diverse law practice, focusing primarily on commercial, corporate and real estate law. He represents businesses and business people in virtually all aspects of commercial and corporate law, from forming business entities, to preparing contracts and agreements, to structuring business sales and dissolutions. He prides himself on finding innovative answers for his business clients’ problems.

Included within the broad range of Mr. Johnson’s real estate practice is the representation of numerous commercial entities, including the owners of large regional and smaller local commercial centers. He has assisted these clients in successfully dealing with every aspect of their landlord/tenant relationship, from negotiating and preparing leases to recovering lost rent and damages. Mr. Johnson has lectured and authored papers on commercial summary evictions and unlawful detainers in Nevada. His extensive experience in representing the owners of commercial centers has made Mr. Johnson one of Reno’s top commercial landlord attorneys.

Mr. Johnson also has substantial experience in all facets of civil litigation, and in one complex civil case, even secured a $1.3 million dollar award of attorneys’ fees. Mr. Johnson has enjoyed particular success in the appellate arena, authoring several successful appeals and writs in high profile and complex cases to the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (For examples, see Squaw Valley Dev. Co. v. Goldberg, 375 F.3d 936 (9th Cir. 2004), rehearing denied 395 F.3d 1062 (9th Cir. 2005); Wardleigh v. Second Judicial District Court, 891 P.2d 1180 (Nev. 1995); Sierra Nevada Stagelines, Inc. v. Rossi, 892 P.2d 592 (Nev. 1995); McKeeman v. General American Life Ins. Co., 899 P.2d 1124 (Nev. 1995); and Semenza v. Caughlin Crafted Homes, 901 P.2d 684 (Nev. 1995).)

Mr. Johnson is currently a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Nevada Justice Association and the American Association of Justice. Mr. Johnson has previously served as a member of the American Bar Association. With a strong belief in community service, Mr. Johnson has served on the Executive Council of the Nevada State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section, which provides financial support to local charities. He has also served as a Director for the Reno Active 20/30 Club, a non-profit organization focused on assisting underprivileged children, and has been an active member of his church in various capacities.


  • Arizona State University
    • Tempe, AZ
    • J.D., 1991
    • Pedrick Scholar
    • Graduate Tuition Scholarship Recipient
  • Iowa State University
    • Ames, IA
    • B.B.A., 1988 Distinction
    • Golden Key National Honor Society


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Cir, 2000
  • Colorado-all state courts, 1993
  • Arizona-all state courts, 1992
  • U.S. District Court – Nevada, 1991
  • Nevada-all state courts, 1991


  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Nevada Justice Association (formerly Nevada Trial Lawyers Association)
  • American Association of Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association